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    Updated on Aug 19, 2020. Posted on Nov 21, 2014

    22 Facts All "Chopped" Fans Know To Be True

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    1. There will always be nonsensical mystery baskets.

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    2. Whenever that one cocky contestant shows off a little too much...

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    3. ...one of the judges will definitely set them straight.

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    4. Due to copyright, overly descriptive names are used in place of name-brand ingredients.

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    5. A contestant's last minute addition of truffle oil will surely be their demise.

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    6. It's not a true dessert round if someone doesn't use mascarpone in their dish.

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    7. When a contestant gives a tearful and moving life story, we know it's probably because they're about to get kicked off.

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    8. Marcus Samuellson screams "sophistication" with every critique and photogenic shot he takes.

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    9. The last 15 seconds of each round is easily the most anxiety-producing part of the competition.

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    10. You can always depend on Ted Allen and his thick-rimmed glasses to let the contestants down with a straight face.

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    11. You know a contestant will make a purée or sorbet out of an ingredient they don't know how to work with.

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    12. You can tell who's going home by the horrified and concerned faces the judges make at their mistakes.

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    13. Although the contestants act cool and cordial while the judges deliberate, they're actually sitting in panic.

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    14. Although Geoffery Zakarian is a silver fox...

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    15. ...and Aaron Sanchez raises your blood pressure...

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    16. ...there's no question that these beauties run the Chopped kitchen.

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    17. Even in a themed episode, there will be an ingredient that just DOESN'T work.

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    18. Chris Santos is definitely the Daria of Chopped because he is so consistently unimpressed.

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    19. A jittery chef + sharp knives = a latex glove and an instant elimination because of blood in the dish.

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    20. And if your dish is excellent enough, Scott Conant will show us all his adorably sweet side.

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    21. Nobody wants their food to ever be underneath Ted Allen's hand.

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    22. But when Ted yells, "Time's up!" we all let out a HUGE sigh of relief. That is, until the next round...

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